About the N E T
The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC)
conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship
and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to
ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.
The Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences,
Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the UGC-CSIR NET
for other Science subjects, namely, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical
Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences
jointly with the UGC. The tests are conducted twice in a year generally in the
months of June and December. For candidates who desire to pursue research, the
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is available for five years subject to
fulfillment of certain conditions. UGC has allocated a number of fellowships to
the universities for the candidates who qualify the test for JRF. The JRFs are
awarded to the meritorious candidates from among the candidates qualifiying for
eligibility for lectureship in the NET. JRFs are available only to the candidates
who opt for it in their application forms.
The test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. The
Government of India, through its notification dated 22nd July, 1988 entrusted the
task of conducting the eligibility test for lectureship to UGC. Consequently, UGC
conducted the first National Eligibility Test, common to both eligibility for
Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship in two parts, that is, in December 1989
and in March , 1990.
N E T Schedule
UGC conducts NET twice a year, i.e., in the months of June and December. The
notifications announcing the June and December examinations are published in the
months of March and September respectively in the weekly journal of nation-wide
circulation, viz, Employment News.
N E T Results Declaration Schedule
The result of June, UGC-NET is declared generally in the month of October.
Similarly December, UGC-NET result is usually declared in the month of April. The
UGC-NET results published in the Employment News are also available on UGC
N E T for Science Subjects
The NET in Major Science Subjects, viz., Chemical Sciences; Earth Atmospheric
Ocean & Planetary Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematical Sciences and Physical
Sciences is conducted jointly with the Council of Scientific and Industrial
Research (CSIR), New Delhi. The concerned notifications are issued separately by
Old Question Papers
The old question papers of NET are not provided to the candidates.
Submission of the Application Forms for Appearing in The UGC-NET
The procedure for applying for UGC-NET is described in detail in the notification
for the relevant examination. The notification is published in the Employment News
generally in the months of March and September and is also uploaded on the UGC